Australians love to travel abroad, with the number of Aussies holidaying overseas rising each year. But all this international jet-setting means extra work for beleaguered staff at Australia's embassies, who have had it up to here with the number of inane requests they receive each year.
Australia's foreign minister has announced a new strategy to deal with the 15,000 Aussies who request their help from abroad each year. "The Strategy emphasizes priority to those Australians in the most difficult circumstances," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement. "It also emphasizes there must be less latitude to the small minority who have unreasonable demands of consular assistance or whose actions are willfully reckless."
To illustrate these "unreasonable demands", the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has sent BuzzFeed News a list containing the most bizarre, and yet totally real, things ever requested of embassy officials.